Carroll County School System Honored for Farm to School Excellence at 2018 Golden Radish Awards

Oct 23 2018

Carroll County School System won Silver recognition at the 2018 Golden Radish Awards held at the Georgia Freight Depot on October 22, 2018. The Golden Radish Award publicly recognizes Georgia school districts for best practices in farm to school programs, such as local food procurement, exposing students to new foods through taste tests, and incorporating gardening and cooking activities in curriculum.

Carroll County Schools received accolades for their work in the following areas:

  •          Roopville Elementary was awarded a Tanner Medical Center grant through which gave them a Kids in the Kitchen Cart from September to May. Each grade level (Pre-K-5) used the cart 2-3 times where students actually prepared the  food!
  •          Benny Lasseter, of Lasseter Cattle Farm, brought a tractor to Roopville Elementary for the students to learn, first hand, the many functions tractors play in helping to take care of his cattle farm.
  •          Locally grown food was served on the school menu 180 days, totaling 2,628,863 meals. Some of those items include Mayfield Milk, Chicken, Beef, Pork, and produce from Royal Foods.

Carroll County Schools was one of 84 Georgia School Districts recognized at the awards. Collectively, these districts served more than 1.3 million students a whopping 109 million school meals with locally grown food items during the 2017-18 school year.